Silicone elastomers have been known to have a broad temperature range and reasonable chemical resistance.
Their strength properties have been considerably less when compared to other elastomer types in general use in oil and gas applications like hydrogenated nitriles and fluoroelastomers. A design of experiment methodology was used to formulate a fiber-reinforced silicone elastomer with significantly enhanced strength properties.
The new compound was compared to typical hydrogenated nitrile and fluoroelastomer compounds in use today in the oil and gas industry.
Physical properties, chemical resistance, rapid gas decompression, extrusion resistance and dynamic properties were evaluated and are reported in this paper for consideration.
After reviewing the data, fiber reinforced silicone elastomers are a realistic option for oil and gas applications and offer a good value option for high-temperature/high-pressure applications where temperature, chemical resistance, strength and dynamic performance at temperature are critical requirements.
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